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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Market moves and going updates as Salisbury takes centre stage

It is one of Salisbury's big days of the year
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Midweek Group races are not just the preserve of big festivals. Today at Salisbury the Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes will take place for two-year-olds. Winners do not have a great record of becoming household names in this country, but last year's winner Madam Dancealot was recently third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks.

That race is backed up by a divided maiden worth £40,000 in total, which has attracted the regally bred sorts that would be expected. There is also a good handicap named in honour of Lochsong.

Elsewhere, Haydock stages the first of three successive days of racing which culminates in the Sprint Cup on Saturday, while there is jumps action at Sedgefield and Clonmel and evening racing at Chelmsford.


Going report

Salisbury - first race 1.50

Good to soft, good in places (GoingStick 6.7). 

Haydock - 2.00

Good to soft (GoingStick 7.8). 

Sedgefield - 2.10

Good

Clonmel - 4.25

Good

Chelmsford - 5.40

Standard

Market movers

3.00 Haydock - Ghostwatch 5-6 (from evens)

4.00 Haydock - Solomons Bay 11-2 (from 7)

5.05 Haydock - Thorntoun Care 4-1 (from 5)


What's on today

Thursday is decs day and we will see what damage the recent and forecast rainfall might have on Saturday's racing, notably the Sprint Cup which looks set for a second soggy renewal in succession.

Do not forget France, either. Today we will get a first look at the fields for the big races on Arc trials day.


What to back

Our tipsters have put up their usual selections here, plus there is Signposts Sweetspots to pick out the best of the signs.

Paul Kealy is our lead tipster on the day, plus there is the view from Ireland.


What to read

Do not miss Bruce Millington with his final word on the controversy that started on a quiet Friday evening at Tramore.

The latest in our series leading up to Irish champions weekend, relive the success of the gutsy staye, Vinnie Roe.

There has also been a bullish update on a Japanese-trained challenger for the Arc. Can this finally be their year?


What to watch

Check out some big names, including Cracksman, in action on the Newmarket gallops.

Are you looking forward to the new NFL season? Our gridiron fans have picked out their tips for Super Bowl LII

The best of Racing Post Sport

If a two-minute clip is not enough NFL for you, we have in-depth coverage for you to sink your teeth into, including guides to all the teams. Start with the outright preview and work from there.

There is also the European Masters in Switzerland and US Open tennis to enjoy- with a few small wagers, of course.


Final thought 

If Aidan O'Brien carries through on what he said on Wednesday and runs Winter in the Matron Stakes, surely it will be just a delay in her taking in an open-sex contest at some point this autumn. O'Brien is habitually much more adventurous with his fillies. Going the Minding route in the QEII seems the most obvious opportunity.

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